Firefighters carry a stretcher to the scene of a fatal fire at 15 Willow Brook Rd., in Colts Neck, N.J. (Noah K Murray/AP/Shutterstock)
A man, his wife, and two young children were found dead after a fire broke out at their NJ home on Tuesday. Now the man’s brother has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to his own home in a neighboring town, while his own wife and daughters were inside. It was not immediately clear whether the fires are linked.
Firefighters responded to a fire at 15 Willow Brook Road in Colts Neck, NJ, after 12:30 p.m. They found Keith Caneiro, 50, dead, reportedly with a gunshot wound, outside the home. Three “badly burned” bodies were found in the house, and it’s believed they belong to Caneiro’s 45-year-old wife Jennifer and their two children; law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 they appear to have been stabbed.
On Tuesday, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said, “We are investigating this as an arson, an intentional fire. But I have nothing further in terms of investigating the fatalities that I can provide at this time.” Sources told WABC 7 that the family seemed to be homicide victims.
Firefighters fighting the blaze at 15 Willow Brook Road, Colts Neck (Noah K Murray/AP/Shutterstock)
Caneiro’s brother, Paul Caneiro, 51, was arrested after a fire was set at his home in Ocean Township. His house is about a 20-minute drive from his brother’s Colts Neck house.
Paul J. Caneiro, 51, of Tilton Avenue in Ocean Township, is charged with one count of second degree Aggravated Arson in connection with a fire Monday at his residence. Investigators are urging anyone with any information about this incident to call 800-533-7443. pic.twitter.com/26pIvKq4Il
— Monmouth Prosecutor (@MonCoProsecutor) November 21, 2018
Keith Caneiro owned a tech consulting business, Square One, as well as a pest management company, EcoStar Pest Management, in Asbury Park. A person who works in the same office building told NJ.com that Paul Caneiro was involved in both businesses. NJ.com notes that the brothers “grew up in Brooklyn before both marrying women from Staten Island and moving to New Jersey.”
Columbia University confirmed that Keith Caneiro attended the School of General Studies from 2010 through 2014, and graduated in 2014. Caneiro also received a Master of Science from Columbia’s School of Professional Studies in February of this year.
Residents outside 15 Willow Brook Road, Colts Neck (Noah K Murray/AP/Shutterstock)
Colts Neck is a wealthy suburb with celebrities in the community. Bruce Springsteen is a resident, while Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey have an animal sanctuary there. Queen Latifah sold a house there in 2015. Keith and Jennifer Caneiro “paid off the $1.8 million mortgage two years ago.”
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will hold a press conference this afternoon to address its investigation. A vigil for Keith and Jennifer Caneiro’s family is planned for 5 p.m and